Monday, December 21, 2015

Chalkboard Christmas Ornament Gift Tags

So, hopefully you all have most of your Christmas making and buying done for this year and you're ready to wrap all your gifts and get them under the tree.  To that end, here's one little last minute make for you before Christmas.


These gift tags are a nice little re-usable addition to your packages.  The painted side is pretty and decorative.

tag backside

And, the backside is perfect for labeling your gifts.  The best part is that you can use them year after year.  Just wipe off the chalk and you're ready to go.  They can also double as cute little Christmas Ornaments, too.

I made these up as a craft that I was teaching locally (I'm sure the Texas gift tag hinted at that), so these are really fast and easy to paint for beginners. Download the pattern and instructions here and enjoy :) 

In my instructions, I suggest that you make a stencil to underpaint your tags in white so that your colors show up on the black background.


While I highly suggest that you underpaint, you don't have to use a stencil.  Use whatever method you like best for transferring the design, but if you plan to make several tags, it might be worth making a stencil.


As always, feel free to personalize your design however you want.  Be creative and change the flag if you're not in the states.  Dress your snowman in an apron and hat.  I'm just giving you a jumping off point, but the sky's the limit :-)

I hope these little gift tags help you to add that special little touch to all your presents.  Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Turkey Trot

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are all getting ready for a fun filled December

Last month, I had the pleasure of designing a medal to be given out to winners of our local RWB turkey trot run.  I was holding off on posting it until after their race so the design would stay a surprise to attendees and also so I could get a picture of the final medal.

turkey trot medal

Personally, I'm not a runner, but I really had fun designing and drawing this fast little turkey. I really wanted to do something that would convey the lighthearted and happy spirit of the race.  I think that he has a lot of team spirit in his RWB shirt and colored tail feathers :) Of course, I might be a bit biased.

Turkey trot medal

Too often, we see the same canned, stock designs used over and over for events like this, so I'm really pleased that I could play a small roll in helping the RWB plan a fun turkey trot by giving them a personalized character to use in their race medals.  Hopefully, they enjoyed it as much as I did :)

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